The SFDF team work together to advise and support FDF on a broad range of issues
David Thomson, SFDF CEO
David is responsible for the overall strategy and management of SFDF and is part
of the senior FDF management team. He liaises with government, regulators and
other external organisations to identify and act on issues that impact on food
drink manufacturers. SFDF works in partnership with related bodies to help
contribute to the growth of the sector and David sits on Scotland Food &
David previously worked at the Scottish Government, including five years as Head
of Food, Drink and Rural Communities and two as Head of Primary Care.
David was educated at the University of Edinburgh, and lives in Edinburgh with
Inge Armstrong, PA to SFDF's CEO and Administrator
Inge is the PA to David Thomson, SFDF's CEO, providing effective diary
management. She also provides administrative support to the SFDF office,
assisting with events and meetings and updating and maintaining SFDF's member
Inge has gained extensive experience in PA and administration roles with
organisations including Asthma UK, Clearwater International Corporate Finance
Affordable Art Fair.
Cat Hay, Policy and Industry Liaison Manager
Cat's role is to represent and promote the common interests of SFDF though
dialogue with government, regulators and other external organisations and to
and act upon issues of concern to members. She liaises with the FDF teams in
London to ensure that they are briefed on Scottish policy issues and works
collaboratively on areas of joint interest.
Cat co-chairs the Food and Drink Industry Advisory Group on Resource Efficiency
on behalf of SFDF. The group was formed in partnership by SFDF, Resource
Efficient Scotland and Interface Food & Drink.
Over the past 10 years, she has worked across the private, public and third
sectors, gaining a broad range of experience within the food and drink and
sustainability sectors. Most recently Cat worked at Zero Waste Scotland where
she had the
opportunity to work with the food and drink industry as a project manager in
new Resource Efficient Scotland programme.
Kirsty Ritchie, Communications and Administrative Executive
Kirsty's role is to coordinate and develop appropriate communications activity
and event management, to showcase the achievements of SFDF and inform and
members on industry issues.
She writes communications for members, is responsible for the website, producing
publications and the coordination of events. Kirsty also writes press releases
and other news articles and is the first point of contact for the Scottish
She provides the secretariat for the SFDF Executive Committee and sits on the
Scotland Food & Drink Communications group.
Kirsty has a retail business background. She has gained valuable communications
and administrative experience while working for Healthcare Improvement Scotland
and the Scottish Parliament.
Moyna Kennedy, Food and Drink Skills Ambassadors Network Manager
Moyna is the Network Manager for SFDF's Food and Drink Skills Ambassadors Network, funded by Skills Development Scotland. The Network is designed to inspire
young people to join the sector by harnessing the skills, knowledge and
people working within the food and drink sector.
She is also the Owner/Director of Mindful Management Ltd, which provides
business consultancy in the life sciences and food and drink sectors, including
detailed market assessments for investment decisions and market research for
Moyna has 20 years' experience working in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology
industries combined with five years in the public sector, latterly as
of the National Life Sciences team at Scottish Enterprise.
Mary Lawton, Secretary for the Cross Party Group on Food
Mary set up the Cross Party Group (CPG) on Food at Holyrood in 2004 and continues to provide the Secretariat. The Group acts as
a policy forum for discussion and updating on food issues in Scotland. Mary was
previously SFDF's Policy and Industry Liaison Manager.
Mary is a chartered chemist and worked in industry and trade associations in
London and in Brussels. More recently, she was responsible for food policy at
Consumer Focus Scotland.
If you have any queries regarding the CPG on Food, please contact Mary at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Moira Stalker, National Co-ordinator for SFDF Schools Programme.
Moira is the National Co-ordinator for SFDF's Schools Programme, which is supported by the Scottish Government, Skills Development Scotland,
and Education Scotland.
Whilst the food and drink industry in Scotland is classed as a priority
industry, it continues to experience skills gaps and labour shortages. A Future
facilitates industry and education partnerships to help to deliver the
curriculum, using food as the context, and in doing so demonstrating the
relevance of the skills and subjects learned in schools to the industry. It
children make the connection between the food on their plates, what they are
learning in school and employment and rewarding careers in our dynamic
Moira works closely with a wide range of additional stakeholders and partners
from industry, education and the community to support this activity and to
and deliver an inspiring programme for the future of our industry.
Prior to joining SFDF, Moira worked with Scottish Enterprise's food and drink
team. Before that she ran and managed the original Food and Drink Challenge.
also spent a number of years working in industry as an Industrial Engineer.
Last reviewed: 02 Dec 2015